Benjamin Franklin Papers

Thomas Osborne: Bill and Receipt, 27 September 1758

Thomas Osborne:9 Bill and Receipt

ADS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Benja. Franklyn Esqr. Bought of T. Osborne
Decr. 6. Compleat Body of Gardening1 1. 16
Philiders fr. Book of Chess2 3. 6
Compleat Body of Husbandry 1. 15
Journals of the H. of Commons
vol. 21. 22. 233
10. 10
Sept. 15. Body of Gardening 1. 16
2 Body of Husbandry 3. 10
2 Lisles Observations on Do. 1.
£20. 10. 6
To The Remainder of a parcell of New Books sent to Mr. James Read now in the Hands of Mr. Dunlap4 }
41: 10. 6

N.B. there are parcell of Old Books still to be setled now in the Hands of Mr. Norris5

Recd Septr. 27th. 1758 of Benja. Franklyn Esqr forty one pounds 10s. 6d. in full of this bill. (Excepting the Old Books in Mr. Norris Hand still to be setled)6

Tho Osborne

Endorsed: T. Osborne Bill £41. 10. 6

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9For Thomas Osborne, the bookseller, see above, VII, 176 n.

1The titles of the books on gardening and husbandry in this bill, bought for Charles and Isaac Norris, are given above, VII, 176 n. Invoices for those sent to Isaac are in BF’s accounts with him; see above, pp. 147–8.

2A.D. Philidor (pseud. of François Andre Danican), L’Analyze des échecs, containant une novelle méthode pour apprendre en peu de tems à se perfectioner dans ce noble jeu (London, 1749). BF probably bought this book for his own use.

3BF bought these volumes for the province, as shown in his statement of disbursements for the public account submitted to Isaac Norris, Feb. 15, 1763, Hist. Soc. Pa.

4Probably Osborne had sent these books to Read, and when DF’s relative William Dunlap began selling books in Philadelphia (above, VII, 169 n), he took over this unsold stock from Read, who was notoriously delinquent in paying his English debts, and had given up bookselling in 1747; see above, III, 175 n, 316–17, 329–30, 377–9, 394; IV, 142; V, 191.

5Probably also some of Read’s former stock in trade, which had been stored with BF and had been turned over to Norris along with some of BF’s own old publications. Norris complained, April 29, 1758, that “The Sharpness and Acrid Salts Contracted by Their laying in some damp Place got into my mouth and stomach To such a Degree, that At the beginning of this Session I could not Attend the House, and it was like to have had worse Effects”; see above, p. 58. As Norris asked him to do, Jan. 17, 1759 (below, pp. 228–9), BF paid Osborne £40 “in part for a Parcel of old Books,” June 7, 1759, and charged Norris accordingly. The payment is included in BF’s accounts with Norris (above, pp. 147–8) and recorded in “Account of Expences,” p. 41; PMHB, LV (1931), 120.

6On this date BF recorded the payment to Osborne and the fact that the Norris brothers owed him £9 17s. for the books on gardening and husbandry. “Account of Expences,” pp. 34–5; PMHB, LV (1931), 114.

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